The More You Know the Words the More you can Fashion: Part 3

Skimmers: A flat shoe with little or no heel in leather, suede or cloth that slips on.  They are also referred to as ballerina slippers.

Split Skirt:  During the Victorian Era (mid- to late-nineteenth century) long split skirts were developed for horseback riding so that women could sit astride a man’s saddle rather than riding side-saddle. Culottes or split skirts were developed as an alternative to pants to provide women more freedom to do activities such as gardening, cleaning, bike riding, etc. and still look like one is wearing a skirt

Spread Collar: Spread collars measure from around 3½ to 6 inches between the collar points, and the wider collars are often referred to as cutaway or Windsor collars after the Duke of Windsor. This style of collar is considered formal.

Sport Coat or Sports Jacket: is a tailored jacket for men. Though it is of a similar cut and length to a suit jacket there are many differences. First, it is less formal. Also it is designed to be worn on its own and does not come as part of a suit. Styles, fabrics, colors and patterns are also more varied; sturdier and thicker fabrics are most often used, such as herringbone and tweed.

Sportswear: Originally referred to clothing worn for sport or physical exercise and included footwear. Sport-specific clothing is worn for most sports and physical exercise, for practical, comfort or safety reasons. Sportswear now refers to casual clothing worn for work or play.

Straight Leg: Describes the shape of a pant leg.  The leg is larger than those found in skinny jeans with a larger opening at the calf and ankle.

Suit Separates: Suit pieces such as jackets, pants, and skirts that can be purchased separately to add to ones wardrobe.


Tab collar:  are point collars with two strips of fabric extending from the middle of the collar and joined behind the tie. These lift the tie, giving an arc effect similar to a pinned collar. The tabs can be closed with a metal snap, button or stud.

Tailor notched collar: a wing-shaped collar with a triangular notch in it. Often seen in blazers and blouses with business suits.

Tailored separates: Includes trousers, jackets and tops for women that can be coordinated and worn in place of a suit.

Tartan Plaid:  is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns.

Tencel: is the brand name for Lyocell, a regenerated cellulose fiber made from dissolving pulp (bleached wood pulp). Lyocell when on sale to the public as rayon in 1991.

Terry Velour: is a plush, knitted fabric or textile. It is usually made from cotton but can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester. Velour is used in a wide variety of applications, including clothing.

Tropical Weight Wool: is a two-ply, plain weave, worsted wool that is sturdy but lightweight, airy, and breathable. Tropical wool (sometimes called `summer weight wool) is used in the production of warm-weather suits and other clothing items.

Twill: is a type of textile weave that has a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs created by passing the weft thread over one or more warp threads and then under two or more warp threads and so on, with a “step” or offset between rows to create the characteristic diagonal pattern. This results in a fabric that drapes well and is sturdy. Examples of twill fabric include chino, drill, denim, gabardine, tweed and serge.  Wikipedia. org

V- neckline: this is formed by two diagonal lines from the shoulders that meet on the chest creating a V shape.

Welt pocket: is a small, flat pocket that is commonly used on the exterior and interior breast on a man’s suit jacket or trouser.  In women’s wear welt pockets are used on blazers and suit jackets as well as pants. Depending on the design of the pants, the welt pocket may have a button closure.

Wingtips: are characterized by a pointed toe cap with extensions (wings) that run along both sides of the toe, terminating near the ball of the foot. Viewed from the top, this toe cap style is “W” shaped and looks similar to a bird with extended wings, explaining the style name “wingtips” that is commonly used in the United States. The toe cap of a full brogue is both perforated and serrated along its edges and includes additional decorative perforations in the center of the toe cap.

Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep, goats, alpacas, rabbits camels and other animals.  The textile has several qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows in staples (clusters).

Worsted Wool: This is wool that has been manufactured in Worstead, England since the eighteenth century. Wool fibers are spun into compact, smoothly twisted yarn before weaving or knitting. The wool then goes through a second combing process which removes unwanted short fibers. Because the remaining long-staple fibers lay flat and parallel, worsted wool is a popular choice for suiting and dress trousers and is also wrinkle and crease resistant.




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Marketing Professor at California State University, San Bernardino and author of "I Don't Wear A Suit."

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